IoS letters, emails & online postings (19 December 2010)

Share
Related Topics

It is regrettable that the debate over student fees and the abolition of the education maintenance allowance has been undermined by violent attacks led by far left groups, who have utter contempt for democracy.

The economic/political debate has been presented as a choice between increased income tax or increased fees and the abolition of educational maintenance grants. We in the Liberal Party advocate funding student fees by abolishing death duty exemptions and starting death duties at a marginal rate of 10 per cent over £100,000. Thus unearned capital transfer can fund the future inheritance of the whole nation, the next generation benefiting from access to higher education without the burden of debts and parental means tests.

Steve Radford

Liverpool

I must protest at the reference to me last Sunday in John Rentoul's article "Clegg's luck may be running out" (5 December). There is no comparison between the Lib-Lab pact (entered into halfway through a parliament with a dozen or so MPs) and the present coalition. I fully support Nick Clegg's decision in the face of the post-election arithmetic and the economic crisis to form a coalition. Mr Rentoul obviously spoke neither to me nor to anyone who knows me when he wrote of me "no wonder he's bitter". That is an outrageous and damaging invention.

David Steel

House of Lords, London

You report, "Ministers believe most graduates will spend their whole working lives making monthly payments to cover their loans and interest – without ever being able to settle their debts." ("Only a quarter of all graduates will pay off loans", 12 December.) So, in effect, you are being asked to rent your higher education?

SomeRandomHash

Posted online

The producers of The X Factor were completely wrong to allow what can only be described as "soft porn" dancing performances by the professional performers last weekend. This might appeal to leering men, but did anyone think about the millions of children watching this show, the millions of women who would be so offended by such sexual exploitation of women, and men who try to treat all women with respect?

Simon Icke

Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire

Cheryl Cole received a reported £5m advance for her autobiography, but with sales of 101,787, £49.12 needs to be recovered on each book just to cover the advance ("Keith Richards proves there's life in the celebrity memoir yet", 12 December). As it is, Through My Eyes, recommended retail price £18.99, is available for £10.49. If Weidenfeld & Nicolson had agreed a 15 per cent royalty deal with Keith Richards, they would have paid him £363,060 by now, instead of £4.8m.

While there are more sales to come (although all these books are at about half RRP), on the evidence so far of these "successful" books, it is a precarious living, knocking out celebrity memoirs.

Colin Standfield

London W7

Scotland is to help the Maldives government develop renewable energy, it was announced this in Cancun, Mexico. But we are constantly being told that sea levels are rising and that the Maldives and other islands will vanish.

If President Nasheed believes his own propaganda, he should ban all tourist flights into his country and turn off the lights in his tourist hotels. If the Maldives is due to sink under the waves, why are we wasting £48,000 on this project when it would be better spent on lifeboats?

Clark Cross

Linlithgow, West Lothian

In "Welcome to the green holidays of the future" (12 December) you report, "Hotel rooms will become shrines to energy efficiency, with intelligent 'climate control' to reduce air conditioning and heating by detecting the optimum temperature." Called a thermostat, I think you'll find. They've been around for a while.

Andrew Thomas

Posted online

Jim Morrison has been pardoned, 40 years after having been found guilty of indecent exposure. Last year, the US Congress called for a pardon for heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, jailed for one year in 1920. But every US president since 1974 has refused a posthumous pardon for Eddie Slovik, the only US soldier since the American civil war to be executed for cowardice, in 1945. American governments are as much in thrall to their Department of Defense as are ours to the MoD.

Norman Duff

Sheffield

The smoking area is where the boss gets to meet the junior clerk ("I'm not skiving – I'm working, but with a fag", 12 December). It is very meritocratic.

David Atherton

Posted online

Have your say

Letters to the Editor, Independent on Sunday, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5HF; email: sundayletters@independent.co.uk (with addres; no attachments, please); fax: 020 7005 2627; online: independent.co.uk/dayinapage/2010/December/19

React Now

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Accounts Administrator

£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: PHP Web Developer

£30000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a Web Developer looking...

Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant- NY- Investment Bank

Not specified: Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant Top tier investment bank i...

Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executive- City of London, Old Street

£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...

Day In a Page

Read Next
One in seven British beer buyers bought non-alcoholic varieties in 2013  

A booze-free Christmas: It would have been more socially acceptable to spark up a crack pipe

Fiona Sturges
Shia LaBeouf is one of Brad Pitt's favourite actors in the world ever, apparently  

Shia LaBeouf to Luis Suárez: Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Ellen E Jones
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015